Alumni Speak


As part of this year's celebrations, the DTRC is hosting a series of webinars - "Alumni Speak - Celebrating 35 years of DTRC".  These presentations feature alumni of the DTRC and/or will be alumni-focused and continuing throughout the coming months along with other very exciting anniversary initiatives. These dancers are sharing their skills and knowledge from a parallel or transitioned career following their dance work. Here is the list of current webinars:

About these sessions:

All sessions as part of Alumni Speak are being offered FREE and will be recorded for later viewing; however, a suggested Pay-What-You-Can donation is requested in this time of dire need.  You can donate within the registration, or you can donate now here.

Tuesday, December 1st, 12 noon ET

Session #5:   Tuesday, December 1st, 12 noon ET - "Demonstration - Chocolate Making" with Amanda Green, Owner (Melt Chocolate Co. 

The DTRC welcomes Amanada Green, Owner (Melt Chocolate Co.), as our next session presenter. Winnipeg’s Amanda Green, has a long history as a celebrated artist.  After gracing the stage for 13 years with passion, dedication and creativity, Amanda earned her way to Principal Dancer with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. She has now devoted her creative pursuits to the art of chocolate making. A career shift came into play in recent years after suffering a devastating hip injury, which left her unable to continue dancing. While sadly her stage career had come to an end, she saw an incredible opportunity: to utilize her determination, creativity and passion, and infuse it into a new craft and artistic venture.

Melt Chocolate Company provides a beautifully executed, artistic approach to chocolate that always leaves you wanting more.  Green’s unique flavours and exquisite design concept will leave you not only thoroughly satisfied with taste, but astonished with the level of detail and perfection that goes into each piece. For most of her life, Amanda’s heart was dedicated to dance. She was lauded as an artist who gave audiences an unforgettable experience. As a chocolatier, she has found a new artistic focus, and is living a new dream which gives her the sense of joy she experienced on stage.

Tuesday, November 3rd, 12 noon ET

SESSION #4             “VR Technology: Making Dance in 360 Video”

Presenter:                 Lee Erdman, New Media Artist (XR)

No frame, No proscenium. Approaching 360 Spherical Film as the Performing Space. This is for anyone who is curious about creating in 360 video.

This brief overview of the opportunities in the spherical space is for theatre professionals to explore possibilities of creating for a more immediate and somatically resonant medium that is free from the frame of the 2D camera. 

360 video has gained enormous uptake in fields that desire direct experience for commerce and training ie. real estate, soft skill training, sales and promotion. It has become highly accessible to independent filmmakers in terms of costs and ease of prosumer production and provides an entry way for all artists to begin creating in VR and XR.

About this session:

All sessions as part of Alumni Speak are being offered FREE and will be recorded for later viewing; however, a suggested Pay-What-You-Can donation is requested in this time of dire need.  Register & Donate HERE

About the Presenter:

The DTRC welcomes Lee Erdman, Emerging New Media Artist (XR), as our next session presenter. A farmer’s daughter born and raised in Southern Alberta, Lee came up as a musical theatre performer and dancer in her hometown of Lethbridge. Her career has sent her across Canada and around the globe. During university, while studying Visual Art (painting), Lee was sure that she would pick back up a path in visual media once her performing career ended. This summer Lee attained her MA with Distinction from Staffordshire University's Film and Media Studies program with the generous support of the DTRC. Possessing a solid background in theater and film in both performance and production, Lee is focused on merging her love of both the visual and dance mediums as she explores and creates short format content with VR and 360 media. Artistically, Lee is concerned with the interaction of body and space, character and landscape, and that unknowable place where the sky meets the land, the atmosphere meets the body, and where the picture meets the frame. These interactions between time, place and ourselves inform our identity in relation to the world in which we live. They are the places of the liminal, where possibilities are infinite and our choices define our stories. These artistic opportunities that spherical media offers as the visual experience closest to the live experience is one she is dedicated to expanding.

Producer/Actor -  “Sudanese Cowboy”. Van Rooi Prod. Official selection in the Short Film Corner at Cannes (2017), The Cape Town Intl. Film Festival and Market (2017), The Chandler Film Festival (2017) and the Canadian Diversity Film Festival (2016). IMBD

Creative Producer -  “Hotel De la Vie” - VR Experience, Antwerp VR Storytelling Lab 2019 Linkdin

Film and theatre resume

Tuesday, October 13th, 6 pm ET 

SESSION #3             “Archival Practices & Tips for Dance Enthusiasts”

Speakers:  Amy Bowring, Executive and Curatorial Director, Dance Collection Danse

The DTRC welcomes Amy Bowring as our next session presenter.  Amy holds an Honours B.A. in Fine Arts Studies from York University and an M.A. in Journalism from the University of Western Ontario.  She is the Executive and Curatorial Director at Dance Collection Danse where she was mentored by founders Lawrence and Miriam Adams, and has been involved with the organization since 1993.  She is one of Canada’s foremost advocates for the study and preservation of Canadian dance heritage.  Amy has published numerous articles on dance history and has curated several live and virtual exhibitions; she has lectured across Canada and teaches dance history at Ryerson University.  She has contributed to various boards and committees in the arts and museum sectors.  Amy is the editor of Down to Bowring’s: A Memoir written by her grandfather, Derrick Bowring (Creative Book Publishers, 2015).  Her book Navigating Home: Artists of the NL Dance Project was published in 2019.

About this session

In this very practical and accessible workshop, Amy Bowring will take participants through the basics of “home archiving” in order to help you learn about what materials to keep and how best to store them. Whether your organizational skills are more accurately described as “chaotic” or if you are a real “keener”, you will find useful tips for looking after your heritage.

6:00 pm              Participants Log In
6:05 pm               WELCOME – Kristian Clarke, Executive Director, DTRC
6:10 pm               Karen Kain, Artistic Director, The National Ballet of Canada, DTRC’s First Board President
6:15 pm               Book Presentation: Jocelyn Allen & Tiffany Maxwell-Graovac
6:25 pm               Joysanne Sidimus, Founder, DTRC
6:30 pm               Amanda Hancox, Past Executive Director, DTRC
6:35 pm              SESSION BREAK  (workshop only participants join session here)
6:45 pm               Workshop: Archival Practices & Tips for the Dance Enthusiasts
                            with Amy Bowring, Executive and Curatorial Director, DCD
7:30 pm               Q&A session
8:00 pm              END of Session

Dance Collection Danse (DCD)

As a resource centre and the largest repository for Canada’s theatrical dance history, Dance Collection Danse provides a place for research, education, exhibition and public events – a centre, both real and virtual, for learning about the art of dance … past and present. In existence for over 30 years, DCD offers the opportunity to understand, investigate and experience the legacies of theatrical dance in Canada and shares its collection through exhibitions, an annual magazine, a research centre, publications, lectures, workshops and public events. Visit: DCD.CA.

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Thursday, October 8th, 6pm ET 

Session #2:   - "Dance and sports injury" with Dr. Paul Winston (webinar geared to ALL dancers, teachers, and dance community)

Speakers: Dr. Paul Winston MD, FRCPC and Cathy Gordon, PT, physiotherapist

Moderator:  Eve Boissonnault, Chief Resident, Université de Montréal  

Ballet is a dance form performed all over the world, from amateur to professional. Like all forms of athletics, there are discipline-specific training deficiencies that can lead to injury. Dr. Paul Winston MD, FRCPC, is a Clinical Associate Professor with the University of British Columbia and the President of the Canadian Association of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. Winston is a graduate of Canada's National Ballet School, and former dancer with the National Ballet of Canada and Opera Atelier. Dr. Winston taught ballet during undergraduate and medical school studies. He is the grateful recipient of two DTRC grants. A three flexible tuition and sustenance grant followed by the Peter Bronfman Award awarded under the granting by Lynda Hamilton Bronfman.

See Dr. Winston's most recent video testimonial contribution to the DTRC's Giving Tuesday Now campaign, along with other DTRC grant recipients.

Joining Dr. Winston on this sessions is  J. Stuart Anderson, MSc. Performance Psych, Reg. PT IMS AASP will co-present. Stuart has extensive experience with dancers as both a physiotherapist and performance psychology. He will present an approach to performance coaching for the dancer.  

Eve Boissonnault is currently the chief resident for the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation program at Université de Montréal where is completing her fifth and final year of residency. Prior to her medical training, she was professionally trained in dance at “L’École Supérieure de Ballet du Québec” and performed as a professional dancer with several companies in Montreal; most notably with “Bouge de là”, a dance company devoted exclusively to dance performances for kids. She is now working with “La Jeune Scène d’affaires de l’École supérieure de ballet du Québec”, a group promoting a philanthropic culture among young businesspeople to support emerging dancers. She is also involved in an ongoing research project aiming at further understanding the relationship between dancers and the health care system in Quebec.

About this session

Dr. Winston is offering two webinars on how to approach the injured dancer based on based technical contributions to injury based on proper form and alignment.

Note to participants / Accreditation: This event is an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and approved by the Canadian Association of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. You may claim a maximum of 1.5 hours (credits are automatically calculated).

The Canadian Association of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (CAPM&R)

The Canadian Association of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation is a member service organization that represents Canadian physiatrists and promotes their pursuit of excellence in the field of physical medicine and rehabilitation. The CAPM&R was founded in 1952 and has over 400 members today. The CAPM&R is an Accredited Provider for the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. The CAPM&R can approve Section 1 and Section 3 educational activities for other organizations. Since 2010, the Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine (JRM) has established a relationship with the CAPM&R. All abstracts presented at the CAPM&R Annual Scientific Meeting are published in JRM following the conference.

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